South Carolina Arthritis News

WIN A FREE TRIP!

WIN A FREE TRIP! The Walk to Cure Arthritis National Committee proudly announces two exciting challenges for Walk to Cure Arthritis Teams! Family Team Recruitment Challenge – The Top Recruiting Family Team Captain will receive a trip to Arthritis Foundation’s JA Conference or Advocacy Summit. Qualifications: 1.The top recruiting family team will have the most number of fundraising participants. 2.Team members must raise a minimum of $50 (in honor of the more than 50 million Americans with arthritis). 3.Team members must be registered prior to their local event date. Family Team Fundraising Challenge - Top Fundraising Family Team Captain will receive a trip to the Arthritis Foundation Annual Meeting in Atlanta in November 2014. Qualifications: 1.The trip will be awarded to the captain of the family team with the most dollars raised nationwide. 2.All money must be turned in by June 30, 2014 to qualify for the challenge. Learn more about our Walk to Cure Arthritis. read more

The Arthritis Foundation honors Scholarship Advocate, Kiona Harvey

This year, the Arthritis Foundation Mid Atlantic Region gave out 9 scholarships to advocates living with arthritis. Kiona “Kay” Harvey from Columbia, SC was one of the chosen advocates to attend the annual Advocacy Summit on Capitol Hill. The Advocacy Summit is an event that brings people living with and affected by arthritis from every corner of the United States to convene in Washington, D.C. There the advocates learn how to advocate and build a continuing relationship with their Members of Congress. Kiona was able to meet with Joe Wilson, Republican, who is located in the 2nd congressional district of South Carolina. read more

8 Rheumatoid Arthritis Myths

If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a good first step is to learn as much as you can about your disease. In addition to understanding RA better, you may be surprised at how many myths exist. Many people still think that all arthritis is the same, or that only old people get RA. Debunking common myths will help you manage your condition and communicate your experience to your loved ones. read more

Advocacy Summit 2014: Virtual Summit

Hundreds are gathered in Washington, DC to meet with Congress and ask them to take a stand in the fight against arthritis by supporting the three issues arthritis advocates indicated were most important. But to get the attention of Congress, hundreds of voices aren’t enough. We need your help. Send each of the messages below to your legislators and echo our voice. We’ve already drafted a message for you, but be sure to edit it and share your personal arthritis story! It’s time for Congress to #FaceArthritis. Make Arthritis Medications More Affordable: By passing the Patients’ Access to Treatments Act (HR 460). This law puts an end to unfair costsharing practiced by many commercial insurers that keeps biologics financially out of reach. Support Arthritis Research: By keeping arthritis research at priority at the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. Increase the Number of Pediatric Rheumatologists: By reauthorizing the Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program. This program offers student loan forgiveness for new pediatric rheumatologists willing to practice in underserved communities in America. read more

Higher rate of South Carolinians struck by arthritis

South Carolinians suffer from arthritis at a higher rate than the nation as a whole, and the number of people with the disease is rising. On Tuesday state officials announced their efforts to encourage exercise and “self-management interventions,” such as support groups, to reduce the physical and financial hardships of the disease. Nationally, number of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis is estimated to be 52.5 million or more than one in five, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In South Carolina, it’s worse: greater than one in four, or 28 percent, of adults. "Arthritis is a serious and costly public health problem that is often under-recognized," said Cora Plass, director of Healthy Aging at S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, in a new release. "Arthritis causes complications in the management of co-occurring conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease because it limits physical activity.” read more

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